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2019 Leavers’ Meeting

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On Friday, 21 June, we held a meeting for Kumamoto JETs who will be leaving the JET Programme this summer. Thank you to everyone who attended, thank you to our speakers, and thank you to Vice-Governor Ono and Kumamon!

We wish everyone the best of luck in their post-JET lives!

If you would like more information on the procedures and necessary preparation for after JET, please take a look at the Information Packet for Non-Reappointing JETs.

Here are the pictures!

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ALT Cycling Event in Hitoyoshi-Kuma!

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A group of ALTs based in the Hitoyoshi-Kuma Area have organised a special cycling event for ALTs and CIRs!  Please find a message below from Charles, one of the JET ALTs organising the event:


Hello Kumamoto!

Some of the Hitoyoshi-Kuma ALTs have collaborated with the Kuma Cycle Center to bring you a special cycling event for ALTs (CIRs welcome too!). It will be held on Saturday June 29th (June 30th in case of rain) and will run from Asagiri Station to Yunomae and back again. The cost will be ¥3000 (includes lunch, bike rental and tour guide). Registration will begin at 8:30am before a safety briefing at 9am.

I recommend driving and parking at Asagiri Station, but it is possible to get a train from Kumamoto at 6am (changing in Yatsushiro and Hitoyoshi)

All information is on the poster!
If you are interested, please contact Charles Marchant by June 20th at the following email address: charles.marchant@ucdconnect.ie

2019 International Cafe in Minamata!

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Minamata City is putting on their third annual International Cafe and they are looking for participants! Please find a message below from Greg, the JET CIR organising the event:


Hello, Kumamoto JETs! This summer holidays, would you like to get out of the office, see some sights, have fun and meet people from all over the world? If so, I have the perfect event for you.

You are invited to the 2019 International Exchange Cafe in Minamata on Tuesday 6th August 2019, 10:30am-4pm.

What: 2019 International Exchange Cafe in Minamata
Time and date: Tuesday, 6th August, 2019 from 10:30am to 4:00pm
Place: Various locations around Minamata City (transport by bus)
Participants: Foreign residents living in Kumamoto, as well as Minamata High School and local junior high school students.
Program: Ice breaker, presentation by Minamata HS students, lunch and chatting, tour of Minamata’s famous spots (guided in English by Minamata HS students!)
Capacity: 40 (if there are more applications, participants will be selected by lottery)
Transportation: Please make your own way to Minamata City Hall (Temporary Building) by 9:30am.
Fee: 500 yen (includes light lunch, drinks and insurance)
Organised by: Minamata City (commissioned to the Minamata International Friendship Association (MIFA))
Application: Please complete the form attached and submit it by post, fax, or email.
Deadline: Tuesday 9th July, 2019 (The form must arrive by this date)

We hope you can attend!

Note: There will be a round trip charter bus from Kumamoto City to Minamata City available. From other locations, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Minamata. Also, we cannot guarantee that this will be treated as a work event. Please discuss with your contracting organisation, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.

Please direct questions and registration to Greg in the Minamata City Office
(Email: mifa.english@gmail.com, Ph: 0966-61-1606)

[Click HERE to see the flyer for more information and the sign-up form.]

2018 Kumamoto International Friendship Festival

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On Saturday, November 24, the 25th annual International Friendship Festival was held in Kumamoto City.

Several JETs participated in the festival, showcasing taiko skills, participating in a kimono fashion show, and even volunteering in a face-painting booth alongside other Japanese high-school students. Former Kumamoto JET Edwin Huits held the microphone as master of ceremonies alongside Ms Sakai of the Kumamoto International Association.

If you are a Kumamoto JET and interested in doing a performance or hosting an exchange booth next year, please let the PAs know!

Here are a few photos from the event!

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2018 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS Students (Yamaga)

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A Wakuwaku English Camp for junior high school students was held in Yamaga on 17 November. It was attended by over 60 students, as well as JETs of 6 different nationalities who all prepared amazing cultural displays and lead engaging communicative language activities. To top it all off, a spontaneous game of floor hockey broke out over the lunch break!

Here are some photos from the camp (click “continue reading” to see more!).

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17th Ashikita International Festival!

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Ashikita Town is putting on their seventeeth annual International Festival and they are looking for participants! Please find a message below from Hester, the JET CIR organizing the event:


Hello there, gentle gaijin of Kumamoto, CIR of Ashikita town Hester here!

This weekend (Sunday) we are holding the Ashikita International Festival – please pop down and eat some international food, see some performances and make our little celebration of all things foreign truly international!

Please come and see Ashikita, enjoy a delicious lunch and don’t forget to say hi!

Featuring:
☆ Tacos, crepes, kebabs and other delicious food
☆ Live music, local performances and fellow JETs taking the stage
☆ A coloring competition with the chance to play an old-school Japanese TV game (think Mario played on an Atari)

Where: Ashikita Dekopon Rest Area
When: 10:30am to 3:00pm – but stop by when you can!

How to get there

By car: turn off the Ashikita IC and follow signs to Dekopon – there will be attendants to show you where to park
By train: 20 mins walk from Sashiki station (Orenji Tetsudo Line linked with Yatsushiro city and Minamata city). Make sure you cross to the platform for trains to Minamata, then follow the path across the field towards the Sky Dome. Then follow the road to the left past the intersection, over the bridge and down until you find the Dekopon!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at hester.m@town.ashikita.lg.jp or find me on Facebook as Hester Mullen!

2018 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for ES Students (Yatsushiro)

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On Saturday, 20 October, a Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for elementary school students was held in Yatsushiro for students hailing from the southern regions of the prefecture. Over 60 students spent the day playing games, absorbing and experiencing culture from 7 different countries with Kumamoto Prefecture’s JETs, who prepared many unique materials, games and decorations to set off the event with an international flair!

And, good news! The lovable Kumamon was also able to make his appearance!

Stay tuned for the next elementary school camp to be held in Kikuchi on 8 December!

Here are some photos from the camp (click “continue reading” to see more!).

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2018 Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS Students (Kamiamakusa)

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The annual Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS students was held in Kamiamakusa for the first time on 29 September 2018. Students from junior high schools in the southern half of the prefecture (some from as far away as Taragi Town) spent the day playing games and doing crafts, and partaking in much fun courtesy of Kumamoto JETs!

Despite fears of an impending typhoon, Kumamon came out to Kamiamakusa to join in, too!

The Higokko Wakuwaku English Camp for JHS students will be held again this November in Yamaga for students going to schools in the north of the prefecture.

Here are some photos from the camp. Click “continue reading” to see more!

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2018 International Cafe in Minamata!

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Minamata City is putting on their second annual International Cafe and they are looking for participants! Please find a message below from Greg, the JET CIR organizing the event:


Hello, Kumamoto JETs! I’d just like to let you know about a great event coming up organised by Minamata City and MIFA. Perfect if you’d like to get out of the office during the summer holidays!

You are invited to The 2nd International Cafe in Minamata on Thursday, August 23rd 2018 10:30am-3pm. Explore Minamata, have fun and meet people from all over the world!

What: 2018 International Cafe in Minamata
When: Thursday, August 23rd 2018 10:30am-3pm
Attendance fee: only 500 yen! (includes light lunch, drinks and insurance)

Click HERE to see the flyer for more information and the sign-up form. We hope you can attend!

Note: There will be a round trip charter bus from Kumamoto City to Minamata City available. From other locations, you will be responsible for your own transportation to Minamata. Also, we cannot guarantee that this will be treated as a work event. Please discuss with your contracting organisation, but be aware that you may have to use nenkyu to attend.

Please direct questions and registration to Greg in the Minamata City Office
(greg-corbett@minamata.city.lg.jp; 0966-61-1606)